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Police warn of PlayStation 5 online scams this holiday season

Troy Police Department warns of PlayStation 5 online scams this holiday season
Posted at 9:02 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 21:02:09-05

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Troy Police Department is sending out a warning to PlayStation 5 seekers and sellers, sounding the alarm on a "holiday scam alert."

Police sent out a series of social posts on Monday, telling the community to "use extreme caution if buying one of these on FB Marketplace, Craigslist, etc."

They noted that because PS5s are hard to find, the situation is a "scammer's dream."

Police warned in a social post that you could wind up just purchasing a box or meeting with someone who wants to steal your money.

Police also said earlier in November, they received reports of two people who were victimized by others posing as PlayStation 5 buyers. In one instance, a person posing as a buyer agreed to pay the seller $1,200 for a PS5, police say. Instead, according to police, the suspect arrived, snatched the PS5 and took off without paying the victim. The incident reportedly occurred outside of the police station.